When I was young, and probably like most people in the late 1950s and 1960s, one of the greatest joys was a trip to the seaside. The concept of going … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales – Oh! I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside! Adventures at Sewerby, Bridlington, Robin Hood’s Bay and Flamborough Head. Knitted Trunks, Sand Blasted and Scoured, Sunburn and the Flying Socks Caper!
As we get older, there are people that we come across and form friendships with. For me, they have been many and I treasure the time that we have spent … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Leeds Friendships, The People and Years that Made Us What We Are!
“You are old, Father William,” the young man said; and yes, I know that I am, but my mind hasn’t quite caught up with it. In my head, I am … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales – Ageing Badly, Hair Problems and the Dead Hamster.
I am not sure if I attract incidents or whether it is just that the longer that you live, the more things that happen. When I was young, probably like … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Evacuations, Fires, Disasters, and Airplane and Airport Incidents. Growing up in Leeds and Realising I was Mortal.
This is my story, but it may be that some of you will have done similar things when you were young, or this may come as a complete surprise and … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Play, Some Silly Things We Did as Children and as Adults.
If I have learnt anything from the feedback to my tales, it is that many of things that I remember having done, have been experienced by others. I know that … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ Generation Gap – What Baby Boomers Enjoyed? Education for All, Free Love, Open University, Social Change and Growing Affluence.
In hindsight, I believe that I probably got my desire to be creative from my mother. Apart from being a wonderful mum, complex, but inspiring, she was a source of … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Creative Writing – From Stainbeck Preparatory, Harehills County Primary and Roundhay School, to a Lifetime of Creativity.
My memories of eating out and takeaways were very limited during my childhood, because on the whole it was an activity that we didn’t indulge in. The reason for this … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Family Finances, Eating Out, Takeaways, Fish and Chips, Burgers, Bryan’s, Nash’s and Harry Ramsden’s.
I am aware that there are no touchier subjects than religion, but I have to frame the context of my tale this week. I am not a religious man these … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Coincidences – Luck or Ill-Luck – Leeds, Sheffield and Wakefield.
As I mentioned before my father was a man on a mission to bring whichever house we lived in into the modern world during the 1960s. He did this first … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Continuing the Process of Modernising our House in Gipton Wood Crescent in the 1950s and 1960s.
Now this sounds more dramatic than it really is, but I learnt as a teacher that children don’t know anything apart from what they pick up through experience or are … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Real food, Picked by Your Own Hands. Harvesting the Wild World and the Mushroom Embarrassment! Some Memories of Leeds.
I have told the tale of learning to drive when I was 17 years old and I suppose we were the lucky ones as we only had a few lessons … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Passing the Test was only part of the saga of driving in Leeds from 1971 onwards. Getting further afield to the Fox and Hounds, Bramhope and a few hiccups along the way.